World premiere of Goth Weekend inspired play

From left: Paul Robinson, Amelia Bullmore, Lotte Wakeham and Ali Taylor.
From left: Paul Robinson, Amelia Bullmore, Lotte Wakeham and Ali Taylor.

A play inspired by Goth Weekend in Whitby will gets its world premiere on the
Yorkshire stage later this year.

Called Goth Weekend it is by Ali Taylor and will run at the McCarthy Studio, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on various dates from September 14 to October 7.

“I went to an exhibition on Gothic culture at the British Museum and part of it was a photo display of Whitby Goth Weekend,

“It was so visual an dthe costumes so theatrical I thought it was crying out for a theatre story,” said Ali.

“It was dynamic and exciting and I knew I wanted to find a way of getting those cosutmes on stage.”

Ther former journalist also visited Goth Weekend, visited the Pavilion and the pubs talking to people to gather matertial for the play.

Goth Weekend tells the story of a girl growing up in a town where being different is difficult, where conforming is the norm.

Mum’s no longer around and dad has started dating a bit too soon. Worst of all he’s dating Belinda, a Goth who looks like a vampire and has her purple hearse parked on the drive. No, worst of all he’s started dressing like one …

Set during the lead-up to Whitby Goth Weekend, this funny and provocative play is about who we are and what we pretend to be .

“I was really conscious that the Goths in my play were taken seriously and not become figures of fun. I saw how important the culture was,” said Ali.

His plays is part of the new summer season at the Stephen Joseph, which includes a revival of The Fall and Rise of Little Voice and a new Alan Ayckbourn A Brief History of Women.